Pair-fection - 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS: Pair-fection

December 23, 2010

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I'm not an early tech adopter and I'm not a Luddite. So I suppose that means I'm one those people who can be a little daunted by the latest and greatest digital doodad but who sooner or later gets into the swing of things. Usually about the time the Next Big Thing arrives.

I haven't been that anxious, for instance, to pair my iPhone with one of our Long Term Road Test cars for hands-free Bluetooth dialing. And it hasn't really been necessary, since I typically just have a car overnight. Meh, I say to myself, I'm just going to drive and not futz around with the tech.

But I'm driving our 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS over the long Christmas weekend. Somewhere between trips to Trader Joe's, Nordstrom Rack and Bristol Farms, I figure I'm going to need to make a phone call. And although I think Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood might be a little fanatical on the subject of in-car tech, I do think it's unsafe to dial and drive.

For once, I did not tap my in-house iGuru (All-Tech Alec, let's call him) for a pairing demo. I headed out to the car with my iPhone, a commuter cup of French roast and the Sonata's Digital Navigation System manual. It has a 13-page "pre-overview" section, by the way. Not a good sign.

But miracle of miracles: About three minutes after getting into the car, I was making a hands-free call. A minute after that, I was streaming Aterciopelados' latest album through the Sonata's sound system. The instructions were very clear, both in the book and on the screen.

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Had I read Josh Jacquot's post from last summer on the Sonata's iPod integration, I would have had a hint that things might go this way. But I did the phone pairing cold, and by the book (literally), for a reason. If I could do it this easily, any user could.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 11,712 miles


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